Product Review: Free From Sausage Rolls

Since being in England, I have always wanted to try a sausage roll. The other day while in Sainsburys, I saw that they had free from sausage rolls in their freezer section. I thought I would try it out to see what all the fuss was about. The rolls come uncooked  and it takes 28 minutes cooking at 200 degrees Celsius until it was ready to eat. Overall, they were good. The meat was definitely tasty. The pastry was a little dry though and I feel like there was more pastry than meat. I had to eat with ketchup to make it more palatable. I may purchase again, but would rather something else for a small lunch.

Gluten free sausage roll

Posh Fish Finger Sandwich

So, since I have been in England, I have learned to embrace the British cuisine such as Bangers and Mash, Sunday Roast and desserts such as the Victoria Sponge Cake. Sainsbury’s has been promoting the fish finger sandwich and every time that we go to the grocery store, Mark mentions that I should try one. Last time we were at the store, we found some Free From brand fish fingers and decided to have the sandwich. Inside is tarter sauce, fish fingers, and rocket. We enjoyed the sandwich with a side of homemade sweet potato fries. I definitely enjoyed this meal, and will be making it again.Fish finger sandwich

Jamie Oliver’s Recipease

Last Christmas, Mark treated his sister, her boyfriend and myself to a cookery lesson at Jamie Oliver’s Recipease. We ended up doing the Vietnamese street food course as we all love Vietnamese food and everything that we cooked was gluten free. We enjoyed it so much that we decided to treat his mum to another course for her birthday. The only other completely gluten free course that we could choose was Mexican street food. We did a special where you could bring a friend and you received a discount. This time we worked in partners, rather than cooked everything ourselves. We still really enjoyed the class, but I recommend going to a course during the day rather than the evening as you get more personal attention by the chef as the class is half the size. They have locations in Notting Hill, Clapham Junction and in Brighton. Cannot wait to go back for another course as we have been assured by the staff that any class than have gluten free modifications as you add all the ingredients yourself and can customise your experience for your palette. Here are a few pictures from the Mexican street food class.

Group at Recipease Mexican Street Food Mark and I

 

Gluten Free Lemon Drizzle Cake

My fiancé was looking on the BBC Food site the other day looking for a dessert to make for our friends this Sunday. He was looking for something gluten free and found a Lemon Drizzle Cake that has a secret ingredient. The ingredient is mashed potatoes. I was immediately turned off by even trying it, but he was interested and wanted to try. He used this recipe: Gluten Free Lemon Drizzle Cake. The cake was surprisingly moist and delicious. It is best served at room temperature as when it was warm it was a bit too moist. We will definitely be making this again in the future as it was easy and possibly more heathy than a gluten filled cake.

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I’m back….GF foods in England

After a long hiatus, I am now back to blogging. Since my last update, I have gone from New York City, to London, and back to America. I am engaged and getting ready to marry my British fiancé. I have found some amazing Gluten free food in England. The choices are so much better than even my beloved NYC. So, I wanted to share a little of the places that I have found.

First off, my favourite place is in a town called Tunbridge Wells that is in the county of Kent. It is a cute little Farm to table/seasonal/fresh cafe that is full of middle aged women, and 20/30s with their babies who are out for the day. I love that every time I eat at Juliets the selection is always different. My tried and true thing that is a must have is the Gluten Free Lemon Feather cake. They only make one cake a day and once it is gone, its gone. Even my gluten loving friends have to get this cake after their meal. The other bonus is that they mark off what is gluten free everyday and most days all but one or two I am able to eat. Here is a little section of the food that I have had there.

Juliets Cafe LunchJuliet's Lemon Feather Cake

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recently I was really craving chocolate chip cookies. I didn’t have all the different gluten free flours on hand to create them from scratch, so I picked up a box of Gluten Free Pantry’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix while I was at Whole Foods.

The cookies were super easy to make. I started out with one batch and discovered that my new cookie sheet  was too big for my little city oven, but that didn’t stop me. I shoved the cookie sheet in until the oven door was almost shut. I cooked the first batch for half the amount of time and then rotated the cookie sheet. While I was doing this, the cookies were close to being done. I left them in for a few more minutes (which was still short of the cooking time that was called for) and they came out a little overdone. They still tasted good though. I cooked the second batch for even a couple less minutes than the first batch and they ended up perfect. These cookies are really good and freeze really well. I even like to enjoy them straight from the freezer (that’s my favorite way to eat them).

I definitely will be buying these again, as its so easy to just have one box for cookies rather than several different kinds of starches/flours lying around.

How Gluten Free Glutton Came to Be

First off, I love food. I think about it when I go to sleep at night, when I wake up in the morning, and I always find myself doing something that revolves around food. For me, this has been a challenge since I have dealt with digestive issues and food intolerance’s for over 11 years.

I first went gluten free April 1, 2008, and this has opened up a whole new world to me. I can now eat without being in pain, or feeling like I am going to die.

I really love going out to eat and trying new and exciting foods. With gluten free being more mainstream nowadays, I see new and exciting foods show up all the time. When I see a restaurant with a gluten free menu, or a new gluten free product at the store, I am always interested in trying it out.

People always think that since I am gluten free and lactose intolerant I can’t eat anything. This is false. There is a whole world of gluten free food out there that is amazingly delicious and I have started this blog to share them with the world.